Hundreds of research studies have shown that plant-based diets can reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and various types of cancer. Plant-based diets are great for lowering cholesterol and reducing your BMI, which ultimately decrease your risk of heart disease and diabetes.
There is a lot of confusion over what a plant-based diet means. In this blog, I aim to settle the confusion.
A Vegan diet is purely plant-based and consists of no animal products. It focuses on vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts and seeds.
A Vegetarian diet consists of the same foods in the vegan diet with the addition of some animal products such as eggs and dairy.
A Pescatarian diet consists of the same foods as the vegetarian diet with the addition of fish.
Let me be clear, choosing a plant-based lifestyle doesn’t mean that you need to be vegan, vegetarian, or pescatarian. What it means is being sure that you consume more plant-based foods than animal-based products. In fact, a 2019 study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that a diet high in healthful plant-based foods and low in animal products had a lower risk of heart disease. Did you catch that—it said low in animal products, not no animal products.
People like me who have plant-based lifestyles eat a lot of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, ad seeds and we treat meat more as a side or a condiment.
Some people have concerns over getting enough protein on a plant-based diets. There are some plants that are loaded with protein like quinoa, beans, and legumes. And for people like me, a couple ounces of lean chicken breast, low-fat dairy, or fish for example can help you meet your daily protein needs.
Are you ready to move toward more of a plant-based lifestyle?
Click here for some amazing vegan recipes from my colleague Dr. Stacia VanSlyke and take note that dozens of my recipes are also plant-based or heavily plant-focused.